English for SMS/Texts

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Think about these questions

1. How is the English used in texts & online forums different?
2. Look at these SMS words. What do they have in common?
3. How are texts different a) between friends? b) in business?

What are the rules for texting in English?
There are no formal rules for writing SMS/texts but there are some conventions.
Texts (SMS) often
  • use sentences
  • break grammar & spelling rules
  • contain neologisms (new words) based on sound
  • use short forms, acronyms & abbreviations.

Texting FAQ Worksheet

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